A wireless router is a networking device without the need for cables, hence its’ name. It gets rid of the hassle of being wired down in one spot behind a desk and frees you to enjoy Internet access among other thing at any place within your own home or even outside on your yard through wireless local area network (WLAN).
It is of course cost efficient to setup a wired network, especially if you have a few kids all running games on different computers around the house. But, the labor to run cables from one area to multiple areas in a home can be a lot of work a messy.
This can allows you to print to print from any location in you home with out the need of multiple printers or transferring the document to the computer that is connected to the printer. Another thing that wireless can allow is access to games, music, videos, and any other multimedia. With a WLAN setup you can store all of your media on one hard-drive and allow other computers on the network access it.
There would be no need to transfer the media to all hard-drives and can save a lot of time and money as will as the convenient access to your files, document, and media.
There are a couple of problem with wireless (WLAN). One problem would be security. Since wireless routers uses radio waves that can be picked upped by other devices. Some computer users would even spend time to crack into wireless network for their own use or to steal private information.
It would be much more difficult to do this on a wired network as the person would have to physically tap your actual cables.
Of course wireless does have security features such as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption that lowers the risk of being compromise, however older encryption methods can be compromised.
One of the biggest draw back of wireless is the lack of speed. At maximum wireless 802.11b can reach 11Mbits/s, 802.11g at 54Mbit/s. Wired on the other hand can reach to 1Gbit/s and up, important when playing high action games. With 802.11n speeds can reach 600Mbit/s closing the gap between wired and wireless. You can check out some more speeds at AOG Gear Reviews.
Range is another matter when dealing with wireless. The usual use of wireless come in different types usually, Wi-Fi 802.11b and 802.11g for a typical wireless router antenna. There range are around 120ft indoors. There is another type, 802.11n that has about double the range. Wired limitation is the length of the cable.
Now there are a few things that can interfere with the range, generally devices operating at the same frequency as the router. Most routers frequency is at 2.4 which is similar to microwave ovens, security cameras, and cordless phones can interfere with the range and the signals of the router.
If you thought of switching from wired to wireless, it is up to you to weight in both sides. Of course many routers are operational in wired local area network (LAN) and wireless local area network (WLAN) or a both LAN and WLAN at the same time. So why not have the best of both. Use wire for your main use and wireless for basic use.